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Old 8th October 2019, 11:40 AM   #131
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Originally Posted by blutoski View Post
To punitively tax this 110 year old woodframe house on a 33' x 120' lot as 'wealth' seems unfair to me.

But other than that yeah, the research shows there's possibly some merit in taxing wealth instead of income, especially where equities are involved, because they do represent power as well as just standard of living.

In the US, tax rates differentiate between is known as a "primary residence" and other real-estate; and a well-constructed wealth tax would take that into account. So the blue-collar worker who inherits a family house who value has increased dramatically due to circumstances outside of his control would not suffer an undue tax burden on that house; but if he happened to also have a vacation house in the mountains, or a summer house down South Beach way, those could see a much higher tax burden.
When you say that fascists should only be defeated through debate, what you're really saying is that the marginalized and vulnerable should have to endlessly argue for their right to exist; and at no point should they ever be fully accepted, and the debate considered won.
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